One of my favorite contemporary Christian theologians, Dr. Desmond Ford (1929–2019), died recently. He was an Australian evangelical theologian with deep roots in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) theological tradition. He was educated at both Michigan State and Manchester Universities, where he earned dual doctorates in New Testament studies. At Manchester, he studied under the eminent New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce. Ford had a long, distinguished career and ministry.
Born in Queensland, Australia, Desmond Ford pastored various churches and served as an evangelist in his home country. He was a professor of religion at two Adventist schools: Avondale College (Australia) and Pacific Union College (USA). He was dismissed as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and theologian in 1980 when he challenged one of the denomination’s controversial eschatological doctrines (the investigative judgment, which asserts that the divine judgment of professed Christians has been in progress since 1844) as being, in his view, inconsistent with the gospel.
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